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Rachel O’Leary

Travel Designer

I have always loved to travel, but my passion for Asia in particular was first ignited when I spent a year teaching English in South Korea. I found both the culture fascinating and the food phenomenal. It was there that I decided to take full advantage of my proximity to Southeast Asia and seized the chance to explore this extraordinary region when I finished teaching.

I spent several months travelling through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Personal highlights included snorkelling in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand; learning about the rich history – both ancient and modern – of Cambodia; and cruising through the stunning Halong Bay in northern Vietnam.

Since being with Jacada, I have explored Indonesia’s towering volcanoes and dramatic coastlines, the unique wildlife of Borneo and the magical temples of Myanmar. I’ve been blown away by the majesty of Northern India and discovered the tiny but incredibly diverse country of Sri Lanka. Most recently, I returned to South Korea and ate my way around the country before hopping across to Japan to learn more about its rich history and cultural traditions.

I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to use my in-depth experience and passion for Asia, to create bespoke luxury trips for people who I am certain will return feeling the same way about my favourite part of the world.

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